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        04-30-2008, 09:28 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Would like opinions {long]

    The following is from the USERL site. I came acrossed it a couple weeks ago when I googled something.
    Since then I haven't been able to get this guy out of my head. I keep thinking he needs some one who wants to love and spoil him and help him enjoy life as long as possible. [I have always been the girl that brought the sick strays home.]

    I am wondering if I would be capable of caring for this horse. As I have posted before - I have only had horses for 3 months when I inherted my 2 geldings. [Always wanted a pony but Dad never gave in] I bred Rottwielers for 17 years and have always had some sort of animal around me. [Presently 6 cats, 2 dogs and 2 horses]
    My kids are grown and on their own [thank God] and I don't work. My husband grew up on a sheep farm and worked on a cattle farm. I was an EMT so I have some human medical skills. I know money will be an issue with this horse and and if his quality of life deteriates, euthanasia might come early but I still have this desire to go meet him and if all went well bring him home. I have the barn, 5+ acres of flat pasture and our winters are pretty mild. Before I jump into something I really have no experience with I would like to hear opinions from people who have experience with horses. What are ya'll thoughts on what it would take to care for him and if I could give him a good life.
    Thanks for your time.

    Here's the site description:

    Thoroughbred - Training: Ground manners
    DOB: 2004 - Health: see description
    Height: 17.2 H - Restrictions: companion only
    Sex: Gelding - Fee: Donation appreciated
    Color: Grey

    Description: My professional name is Mo’ Glitter. My USERL name is MoJo. My fosters call me ‘Mo’. In my mind, I am the fastest racehorse ever born! The only problem is I have bad arthritis in three of my legs. One is so bad, with a bog spavin swelling, that I hardly use it! Unfortunately, hock injections have not provided any long term relief. I need joint supplements every day, and some mornings when I have trouble standing, I need some bute and hugs. I also like being fed ‘breakfast in bed’ on those difficult mornings. But when I am able to stand again, nothing slows me down.

    I am the most social horse you will ever meet! I LOVE people (except maybe the vet) and LOVE other animals! I could never be by myself, even for a short length of time. I would be a perfect companion for young horses, and I adore the ladies! Although I cannot be ridden, I am very smart, and if you like to teach tricks or practice ground training, I am your horse. However, I am a big fella, and if I intimidate you, I will do whatever I wish. Forcing me to do anything will make me rebel. But if you use patience, consistency, and give me time to figure things out, we will have a great relationship. I love to learn and am very curious. I come when called, give hugs when asked, lower my head for the halter (because I am so tall, that is a bonus!), lead like a pro, bathe, and stand for the farrier who is considerate of my needs. I will trailer best with a buddy, but it is not one of my strengths. I cannot be lunged or ‘run’ in circles for any length of time due to my legs. Yet, if you play with me, I will stay at your side or walk with you all day long. I really am a great catch if you just want a horse to love on. Actually, I am not sure why you haven’t filled out that adoption application yet! I can’t wait to meet you!
         
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        04-30-2008, 11:06 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Re: Would like opinions {long]

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Micki O
    I am wondering if I would be capable of caring for this horse.
    Capable? Probably, with a vet as a bed-buddy maybe. ':(' He sounds like a long shot to me.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Micki O
    I know money will be an issue with this horse and and if his quality of life deteriates, euthanasia might come early
    Deteriorates to what? He can't stand now all the time. Deteriorates to never being able to get up?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Micki O
    What are ya'll thoughts on what it would take to care for him and if I could give him a good life.
    Time, Money, Time, Money and a heart of rock. It doesn't sound like his life is good now, to be honest. Here are the highlights:


    Thoroughbred - Training: Ground manners -- read as no training which means at 4 years of age he'll likely be a handful on those rare good days.

    The only problem is I have bad arthritis in three of my legs. One is so bad, with a bog spavin swelling, that I hardly use it! -- so he has one good leg, one unusable and two that work from time to time...

    I need joint supplements every day -- $$$$

    And some mornings when I have trouble standing -- see above

    I need some bute -- read colic, ulcers, colic, no sleep, $, ulecrs, colic, surgery, $, no sleep -- you can't keep a horse going on bute. It would be like keeping a human going on codeine or some other painkiller that damages the digestive system and horses have a very finicky digestive system

    But when I am able to stand again -- um... this shouldn't make for an exciting day. This must be expected EVERY SINGLE DAY! Horses need to move about for proper circulation always. If it's already an issue, it's only going to get worse and probably faster than you would think.

    I am the most social horse you will ever meet! -- well, that's a plus.

    Although I cannot be ridden, I am very smart, and if you like to teach tricks or practice ground training, I am your horse. -- can't get a lame horse to do much for tricks and practice ground training? This ad is out to lunch IMO.


    Forcing me to do anything will make me rebel. But if you use patience, consistency, and give me time to figure things out, we will have a great relationship. -- that goes for most horses.

    And stand for the farrier who is considerate of my needs. -- uh huh ... and those needs are what? A sling so he can stand long enough for his feet to be done?

    Yet, if you play with me, I will stay at your side or walk with you all day long. I really am a great catch if you just want a horse to love on. -- 95% of horses out there will give you back just as much as you give them. Pick a healthier horse to love on... One that won't find you in tears when he's full of ulcers or completely unable to get up on that cold winter morning or when, on a good day, he decides maybe he can kick up his heels a bit and injures you because he doesn't know any better.

    Actually, I am not sure why you haven’t filled out that adoption application yet! I do -- you have something to offer, but it's not for this horse. This horse, at 4 years old being that lame should be helped a different way IMO. There are lots and lots of companion horses being given away that will cause you less heartache and $ than this poor soul. I can't believe why these people would even post an ad like this. The only thing I can say in their defence is, they may be entirely too honest.

    I hear where you are coming from -- I too have taken in the helpless / hopeless but some cases really are just too difficult. Please do give your love and time to a companion horse. There are too few people out there that either are able to or willing to do it. Your desire for a friend and to help is very admirable and even more so, your recognition to ask for advice. With your experience with animals and even human medical knowledge you surely have a lot to offer. I hope you find a good friend. Keep looking.
         
        04-30-2008, 11:51 PM
      #3
    Showing
    As sad as it makes me, northernmama is right. This horse really needs to be put down; if a "good day" is the day he can stand? At 4 years old? I feel for the poor horse - I really do.. but unless something revolutionary comes along, I don't see him surviving too long.
         
        05-01-2008, 04:30 AM
      #4
    Foal
    I'm certainly no expert but I'm having a hard time trying to visualize just how it is that a 4 year old horse which hasn't even been ridden can possibly have developed crippling-arthritis in 3 legs.
    If that horse was mine, I'd be getting a second opinion on that one. It just don't sound right to me.

    As far as "rescuing" goes..... As any old battlefield medic will tell you, sometimes ya gotta pass up on one in order to save 2 others.

    DGW
         
        05-01-2008, 06:09 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Really good advice you are getting here. I know its hard to hear, sometimes the heart wants what it wants. But I think your heart will just be broken along with your bank account drained with this fellow. Sorry
         
        05-01-2008, 11:16 AM
      #6
    Trained
    Sometimes you just have to know when to let go. Sorry.
         
        05-01-2008, 04:17 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Thanks for the honesty. Everything said is basically what my husband David told me but I hate listening to him.
    I'll stick with my 2 old gentlemen for now. Maybe I should just start a retirement pasture!:)[img]
         

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